Norse Peak Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Yakima County and Pierce County, Washington. It is within Norse Peak Wilderness Area. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 4,004 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,208 feet.
Norse Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Hike here in summer, and you’ll want to pack several quarts of water, then toss in two more once you’ve got all you think you’ll need. This trail climbs steeply on sun-parched slopes, and you and your dog are going to need a lot of water to stay hydrated and healthy. And you’ll want to be healthy and feeling good, because the scenery you encounter on this short trail will be something you want to see and remember for a long time. The acres of wildflowers on all sides will capture your attention, and when you tire of the rainbow of colors on the ground, you’ll find new, breathtaking vistas around every corner. Herds of elk frequent the meadows on the slopes to Norse Peak, and mountain goats dance and prance around the rocks at the ridgetop. Hawks and golden eagles soar overhead, and small snakes and alligator lizards live on the sun-heated slopes underfoot. Keep your dog under control so she doesn’t get excited and chase any of these critters."
--Dan A. Nelson, Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
"Crystal Mountain’s skiing potential is largely undeveloped, a fact that backcountry skiers familiar with the area fully appreciate. Norse Peak is the mountain on your left as you enter the resort valley. Big Crow Basin and Lake Basin are two drainage areas east of Norse Peak that are accessible from the summit area. These two basins often hold powder for many days after a snowfall. Parents of young children take note: the ski area operates a daycare center. Ski directly southeast for 2.5 miles past Bullion Basin, reaching the ridge crest near 6,600 feet. Once on the ridge, head north to the summit of Norse Peak. From here, head north for 0.2 mile to descend to Big Crow Basin or head directly east for 0.2 mile, then south to ski into Lake Basin."
--Rainer Burgdorfer, 100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
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